Freeman has worked at the intersection of communications, public policy, government, and philanthropy for the last 15 years. She came to the Institute from the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF), where she led strategic communications and marketing since 2016. At OCF, she also directed the Omaha Gives annual community-wide giving day and launched TheLandscapeOmaha.org, a unique community resource offering publicly available data in eight focus areas. Freeman began her communications career in Washington, D.C., working for Sen. Chuck Hagel, as well as for two U.S. representatives and for the National League of Cities. An Omaha native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania.